Salmon Economics (and other lessons) by Andrew Kimbrell

Salmon Economics (and other lessons)

byAndrew Kimbrell, Hildegarde Hannum

Kobo ebook | October 25, 2003

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The collection of lectures and publications from the Schumacher Center for a New Economics represents some of the foremost voices on a new economics.

What would it look like if our economics were based on the laws of nature, rather than the fabricated laws of supply and demand? To help answer this question Andrew Kimbrell turns to Alaskan salmon for insight. In their bi-annual spawning journey, he sees examples of redistribution, reciprocity, and gift-giving—all aspects of pre-capitalist human economies. He makes the case that while most of us have come to see competition among people as natural, it was until fairly recently a luxury that humans could not afford if they wished to survive. But with the rise of free-market capitalism, humanity collectively has traded a life of doing for a life of having and in the process has made commodities out of everything, including land and our own labor. Rather than trying to make our economies fit into ancient natural systems, we are now putting enormous resources into reshaping nature to fit into our economies. Salmon, which are now subject to enclosed farming and genetic modification, are a primary victim. But rather than despair, Kimbrell sees the relentlessness with which the salmon fight their way up river as a sign that we can and must keep working to align human and natural economies.

Title:Salmon Economics (and other lessons)Format:Kobo ebookPublished:October 25, 2003Publisher:Schumacher Center for a New EconomicsLanguage:English

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